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1

What is so special about the climate in Alsace

Rain shadow effect, and it's super sunny great from ripening of grapes

2

What is the pink sandstone that is particular to the region

Gres de voges

3

What is the mountain region that creates the rain shadow effect in Alsace?

Voges mountains

4

What are the four noble grapes of Alsace

1. Riesling
2. Gewürztraminer
3. Pinot Gris
4. Muscat

5

What is the synonym for Pinot blanc

Klevner

6

What is the difference between Alsace Riesling and German Riesling

It's more dry, powerful, higher alcohol

7

What does Gentile mean

Higher quality blend

8

What is the difference from vendage tardive and selection de grain noble

Vendage tardive (late harvest) maybe sweet that may show botrytis character but emphasize on varietal.

SGN, suppressed varietal character, is always sweet, full botrytis

9

What is the only red variety permitted for Alsace AOP

Pinot noir

10

What are some great producers of alsacian wine

Marcel diess, trimbach

11

Why are alsacian Rieslings among the long lived wines in the world

Pronounced acidity and minerality

12

What's different about Alsace from the rest of France when it comes to labeling

They label by varietal (usually 100%)

13

How many grand crus are in Alsace

51

14

What are some requirements for grand cru AOP

•Single varietal wines from noble grapes
•Hand harvesting is required
•restrictions on yields and minimum must weights
•minimum alcohol 11% (Riesling/Muscat) 12.5(Pinot Gris)
•Range of vineyard site

15

What are some characteristics of Pinot Gris in Alsace

It receives its fullest and richest expression here with spicy smokey qualities and good acidity

16

What is Cremant d Alsace mostly made out of

Pinot blanc

17

What are some grand crus that stand out

Zottenburg - grand cru for Sylvaner

Kaefferkopf - grand cru that allows blending

18

Alsace is divided into how many departments?

Two. Bas Rhine and haut Rhine

19

What are some wines to know from Alsace

• Domaine Marcel Deiss, Riesling, Altenburg de bergenhiem (100% Riesling grand crus)

• Domaine Wienbach, Cuvee Laurence, Tokay-Pinot Gris (100% Pinot Gris grand cru)

• Domaine Zind Humbrecht, Gewurtztraminer, Goldert (100% Gewurtztraminer grand cru)

• Trimbach, Riesling, Cuvee Frederic Emile